Sunday, February 28, 2016

Third and Fourth Period Blog Post Assignment - Food Journal

The benefits of good nutrition are numerous, and even more so for dancers. Constant training takes a toll on muscles, joints and bones. Good eating habits can improve the recovery from such strain, and even assist with lean muscle growth and soft tissue repair. Eating the right foods can increase energy, focus and concentration. Finding the proper balance of nutrients not only prevents fatigue and injury, but also supports a long healthy career in dance. 

Read more about good nutrition for dancers:

Create a daily food journal recording everything you eat and drink during the week of February 29 - March 4, 2016. You can record your entries into the same post but be sure to label each day separately. Here is an example of how you might arrange your information.

At the end of each day compare the number of servings you ate in each food group with the number of servings recommended. Did you eat more or less servings? How might you adjust your eating habits to eat healthier? Write down your reflection in your blog post. You should have a reflection for each day in your journal.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Character Analysis Assignment


Play title ______________________________________      
Date __________________________________________ 
Actor _________________________________________         
Character ______________________________________

DRAMATIC ACTION for the play
Remember that a character is determined ONLY AFTER his actions, not before.  First, analyze the character’s wants and desires.  What is  the character’s THROUGH LINE OF ACTION for the entire play.  Looking over the course of the script, what is the through line for each character? 

OBJECTIVE  (Desire or Victory)
This is a statement of what a character wants most; power, dominance over others, love for another, elf-integrity, dominance over fear, etc. 

            Answer these questions:
            What do I really want?  Why?   When do I want it?  Why?

This is the person or thing that is  preventing him from getting what he wants.  What or who is standing in his way?  From whom (in the play) does he want it?  Who in the play can help him?  Who in the play can hurt him?

            Answer these questions:
            From whom (in the play) do I want it?  Why?   Who in the play can help me?  Why? 
            Who in the play can hurt me?  Why? What are my deepest fears?  Why?

TACTIC  (Will)
This is a character’s relative strength in attaining his wants or desires.  How can he get what he wants?  How (and whom) can he threaten?  How (and whom) can he induce? How strong or weak is his inner strength?  Is it strong enough to push him the full limit, or will he compromise?  Does he have any sense of moral responsibility to others? How honest is he with others and with himself? 
(a character’s moral stance will affect the attainment of his wants and desires)

            Answer these questions:
How can I get it?  Why?  How (and whom) can I threaten?  Why?  How (and whom) can I induce?  Why?

EXPECTATION  (Resolution)
Every character has 5 basic  Human Needs.  These, in one way or another, ultimately become what the character expects to get.  What does the character expect in the end?  Why does he expect to get it?  Why does it excite him? What will he do when he gets it?
                        1)  Winning       2)  Survival       3)  Validation       4)  Love    5)  Happiness

Answer these questions:
Why do I expect to get it?  Why does it excite me?  What will I do when I get it?

DRAMATIC ACTION within a scene
1.  What do others say about this character?

2.  What does this character say about others?

3.  What discoveries does this character make?

4.  How does this information affect each character?  Does it change their behavior, way of thinking, needs?

5.  Does this information signal a victory?  a defeat?  a reason for reevaluation?

6.  Character’s objective, obstacle and tactic

7.  What is the character’s subtext

8.  Character-mood-intensity upon entering the scene   (this is the physical or body-state of the character)
              *  heartbeat:  rate    *  perspiration:  heavy, light, etc.   *  stomach condition
              *  muscle tension    *  breathing:  rate, depth



            1.  Background  (culture, childhood, upbringing, special memories)

            2.  Mental  (intellect/common sense,  right/left brain…)

            3.  Spiritual  (religion, beliefs and values)

            4.  Emotional  (calm, angry, gentle, .. when and why)


            1.  Dress  (casual/formal, day/night…)

            2.  Movement  (bounce, sway, swagger, …)

            3.  Posture   (slouched, straight, leads with head/hips/chest….)

            4.  Voice  (pitch, rate, volume, inflection, quality)

5.      Mannerisms  (habits the character does without a prop)


1. What is your full name?        

2. What does your name mean?   origin?

3.  When & where were you born?  current age?          

4.  What is your astrological sign?  explain.

5.  What is your occupation?                                        

6.  What is your Chinese zodiac sign?  explain.

 7.  Who is your greatest role model?                           

8.  What excites you?                                                       

9.  What secrets do you have?                                     

10.  What are your deepest fears?

11.  Who do you hate?  love?                                      

12.  List 10 adjectives to describe you.

13.  What are your hobbies?                                        

14.  What food best describes you?

15.  What discoveries have you made in the last year?                                                                          

16.  What animal would best describe you?  why?

17.  What is your favorite :

                        color?                                                   animal?

                        food?                                                   book?   

                        movie?                                                 music?



This is specific information from the script, which details the events and action which occurred prior to the play beginning.  Note specifically YOUR CHARACTER’S previous action.  It is not necessary to know others’ previous action.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Blog Post and Costume Research Assignment

Costume Research Project

Watching videos of the show on Youtube and Googling pictures of your character will help you learn a lot about your character's style and personality.


Mrs. Jones' students: Create a blog post including video clips and/or pictures that demonstrate your character's style and personality.

Mrs. Jones' and Mrs. Conner's students: Search for an image online that pictures your character in an outfit they would wear that you could easily assemble on your own. Upload this picture on the Google doc link listed below. Include your name and character name with your image.

What character am I supposed to research?
Theater and Chorus: Your character/Understudy Character
Dance: (Select One)
Sorority Girls, Spring Break (What You Want, Part One)
Cheerleaders (What You Want, Part Two)
Prison Inmates (Whipped Into Shape)

Assignment Due Monday, February 14, 2016.